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Making multifamily truly urban

The multifamily industry is building more in walkable locations, but developers still need instruction on the manners of placemaking. Here are some hints.

Tue, Apr 15th 2014 8:35am
Avoiding mistakes in bike-ped infrastructure

Today I’m going to provide some tips – some do’s and don’ts – for public officials to help them navigate the difficult transition from drive-only to bicycle and pedestrian friendly.

Mon, Apr 14th 2014 10:26am
Urbanists are thrilled that Caltrans endorses NACTO guide

This should open the way for more common sense street design in towns and cities all over California, notes one urbanist. The decision could influence other states.

Fri, Apr 11th 2014 4:57pm
The place for bike lanes

Initial attempts at making city streets more encouraging to cyclists have often been marred by poor design.

Thu, Mar 27th 2014 10:03am
The mean streets of New York

Leigh Gallagher correctly diagnoses a spate of pedestrian deaths: Suburban arterials masquerading as city streets. The solution is obvious: Tame them.

Fri, Feb 28th 2014 9:16am
Federal bill for 'complete streets' introduced

Smart Growth America reports on a new Senate bill, the Safe Streets Act of 2013:

Tue, Feb 11th 2014 9:18am
The art of traffic calming

There are so many factors that go in to making a city walkable. The factor that I find to be the most important, in pretty much all cases, is how safe the walkways are in terms of traffic.

Mon, Feb 10th 2014 2:28pm
The problems with modern roundabouts

Some of the traffic-control designs popularized in recent years undercut the comfort and well-being of pedestrians.

Tue, Jan 28th 2014 11:28pm
How to build great streets

Some of the engineering solutions aimed at achieving “complete streets” fall short of their goal, say the authors of an authoritative new book. It would be better to focus on enclosure, architecture, overall width, and trees, they say.

Tue, Jan 28th 2014 10:43pm
Making Pasadena's Colorado Boulevard a haven for pedestrians

Pasadena is considering plans to narrow portions of famed Colorado Boulevard and use that space to widen sidewalks and create tiny parks.

Thu, Jan 23rd 2014 9:35am
Health and smart growth: Safety tops obesity

There are two primary fronts in the healthy communities movement — safety and obesity. A stronger emphasis on safety is more likely to succeed with citizens and public officials.

Tue, Jan 21st 2014 4:58pm
Great public space 'never ceases to yield happiness,' book says

Happy City, Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design, a book by Charles Montgomery, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2013, 359 pp., $27 hardcover.

Mon, Jan 6th 2014 10:03am
How the complete streets movement took hold

Communications and coalition-building were key to adopting 500 complete streets policies nationwide. Now we need to implement those policies.

Wed, Dec 11th 2013 10:12am
Missing the forest for the stroad

What is happening on Robert Street is simply the inertia of a broken system. Instead of spending tens of millions on a sub-optimal improvement, we should be done nothing.

Mon, Nov 18th 2013 12:21pm
How the complete streets movement is improving our communities

Some of the most effective implementation strategies for improving streets lie not in big capital improvement projects but in the most mundane repair and in the details of development codes.

Mon, Nov 4th 2013 4:00pm
Neighborhoods First: Public engagement

Strong Towns has released a nifty report called Neighborhoods First that offers incredibly cheap and practical ideas for revitalizing Brainerd, Minnesota. These ideas can be applied anywhere. Part 3.

Thu, Oct 10th 2013 1:54pm
Neighborhood First: Tactical urbanism

Strong Towns has released a nifty report called Neighborhoods First that offers incredibly cheap and practical ideas for revitalizing Brainerd, Minnesota. These ideas can be applied anywhere. Part 2.

Tue, Oct 8th 2013 8:51am
Neighborhoods First: Introduction

Strong Towns has released a nifty report called Neighborhoods First that offers incredibly cheap and practical ideas for revitalizing Brainerd, Minnesota. These ideas can be applied anywhere.

Tue, Oct 8th 2013 8:47am
Main Street: The happy median
Medians are a terrible idea on Main Street because they don't let you turn into a business across the street, right? Not so fast ...
Wed, Oct 2nd 2013 2:42pm
To connect or not to connect?

In a society that is so obsessed with connectedness of the digital variety, why are some of us shunning connectedness in our cities? I have encountered three primary reasons, all of which are rooted in fear.

Mon, Sep 23rd 2013 4:08pm
The real problem with suburban roads

Authorities have done nothing to stop haphazard sprawl and commit to a more orderly pattern of compact growth in Loudoun County, Virginia, which tripled in population from 1990 to 2010.

Fri, Sep 13th 2013 9:31am
How I learned to stop worrying and love major streets

While I dislike noisy suburban arterials just as much as the next guy, I realized that retail will work better on busy streets and that we can make them nice places. 

Thu, Sep 12th 2013 10:19am
Roads and streets in St. Peter

We desperately need a more sophisticated understanding of the difference between a road and a street.

Mon, Aug 26th 2013 10:22am
The inspiring story of Hamburg, NY

An Upstate New York village defied the Department of Transportation and created a human-scale Main Street, restoring community to a downtrodden downtown.

Mon, Aug 19th 2013 1:32pm
The tragedy of the cul-de-sac

A new study provides more confirmation that violent and accidental deaths of all kinds are more common in suburban and rural areas. The primary cause: Automobile accidents.

Wed, Aug 14th 2013 11:44am

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Health and smart growth: Safety tops obesity

There are two primary fronts in the healthy communities movement — safety and obesity. A stronger emphasis on safety is more likely to succeed with citizens and public officials.

Tue, Jan 21st 2014 4:58pm
The inspiring story of Hamburg, NY

An Upstate New York village defied the Department of Transportation and created a human-scale Main Street, restoring community to a downtrodden downtown.

Mon, Aug 19th 2013 1:32pm
The tragedy of the cul-de-sac

A new study provides more confirmation that violent and accidental deaths of all kinds are more common in suburban and rural areas. The primary cause: Automobile accidents.

Wed, Aug 14th 2013 11:44am

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‘Shared-space’ streets cross the Atlantic

Cities in the western and eastern US are starting to let motorists and pedestrians deal with one another more intuitively.

Tue, Feb 16th 2010 2:15pm

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